The Last will and Testament of Francis Blachford of  Sandhall, Fordingbridge Hampshire 1685 - 1729


In the name of God Amen the nineteenth day of September A.D. 1729

 I, Francis Blachford of Sandhall in the parish of Fordingbridge in the county of Southton, gent., upon due deliberation do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and forms following revoking and hereby annulling, making void all forms and other wills by me heretofore made (if any should happen to be found).

Imprimis: My will is that my debts and funeral expenses shall be paid and discharged.

Item: I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth now my wife ten pounds per annum to be yearly paid unto her by my executors & the use of necessary household goods during her widowhood.

Item: I give and bequeath unto Peter Rooke, son of Abraham Pinhorne, and my brother Robert Blachford Gent., all and singular my goods, chattells, rights and codicils whatsoever to be by them sold and made the most of to and for the use, intents and purposes hereinafter in accord, that is to say the yearly income thereof to be by them employed to pay to my said wife ten pounds per annum, and the residue towards the maintaining and breeding up my sons, Francis and Daniel and my daughter Elizabeth during their minority, and in any case my said wife should now be with child, such child as she is now with child with.

And when they come to the age of one and twenty years the said moneys raised to be divided amongst the said children in manner following, that is to say my sons Francis and Daniel each a like share and my daughter half so much as either of them.

And if my said wife should be now with child and such child should live then I give to such child an equal share with my daughter Elizabeth.

And I do hereby nominate, ordain and appoint them the said Peter Rooke, Abraham Pinhorne and Robert Blachford joint and sole executors in trust to this my last will and testament to and for the uses, intents and purposes aforesaid.

And I do allow them their reasonable charges in the exercise thereof. In testimony hereof the said Francis Blachford, the testator hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year above written. Sealed, published and declared in the presence of Gregory Doughty, William Pinhorn, John Gray.

signed Francis Blachford